Explora Journeys is the new luxury lifestyle travel brand launched by the MSC Group with the ambition to redefine the luxury cruise category.
The concept: Vibrant, cosmopolitan, relaxed European luxury at sea. Instead of cruises, we create journeys - of the mind, and across the oceans of the world. Visits to places on and off the beaten track.
On board: Spaces that offer guests relaxed luxury, creating a home at sea. Restoring life's essential balance with a combination of discovery and appreciation for wellbeing and nature. This is what our new discerning travellers have asked for and this is what they will enjoy on Explora Journeys.
Explora Journeys is proud to announce that Dr. Sylvia Earle, the world-renowned oceanographer, explorer, and conservationist, will be the Godmother of its first ship, EXPLORA I.
Dr. Earle is a celebrated pioneer of deep-sea exploration and has dedicated her life to ocean conservation. She has been a vocal advocate for protecting the world‘s oceans and marine life, and her expertise and leadership have been recognised globally. Dr. Earle’s involvement with Explora Journeys underscores the brand's commitment to sustainable luxury travel at sea and ocean conservation.
As Godmother of EXPLORA I, Dr. Earle will name the ship during its naming ceremony to be held in Civitavecchia, near Rome, Italy, on 8 July 2023.
The OCEAN and its influence sits at the heart of the Explora Journeys brand. The ocean connects you with YOURSELF, PEOPLE and the places around you.
It relaxes you and creates an energy in you that inspires inner and outer discovery, broadens horizons and triggers new connections.
All of this creates an emotional connection that is powerful, transformative, yet universal. We call it the Ocean State of Mind.
The Ocean State of Mind is reached only with Explora Journeys. It's why all that we do is designed to offer refined yet effortless luxury, with the opportunity for exploration and transformation of the inner and outer self, resulting in a state that is uniquely rewarding — physically, intellectually and spiritually.
These are moments of play to be enjoyed once, twice, or time and again. Organised by the Entertainment Hosts together with professionals respected for their technical command of the subject, they are fun and amazingly informative. These are just three examples:
Ombré Sunsets: Guests can hone their photography skills in the Explora Lounge. They learn how to capture a fiery sunset as it fades to rosy blush; how to take the perfect selfie for Instagram; or how to light a personal portrait or piece of art to best effect.
The Spirit of Whiskey: An entertaining tutorial from skilful mixologists in the Malt Whiskey Bar, where guests explore this time-honoured spirit as they try their hand at making signature drinks.
Melodic Master Class: Resident artistes get to know the guests, sharing their talents and discussing song writing, improvisation and composition.
Specially designed to define each journey, these events are opportunities for interesting and enjoyable interaction between guests and hosts.
Captain‘s Log… Secrets of the Sail: Guests join the Captain or Bridge Officers on an engrossing walk around the deck. They learn how old seafaring methods have given way to today’s mind-boggling technology as they get to know the team responsible for sailing them safely around the world.
Bal Mythos: At the stroke of midnight, guests can choose to don handcrafted masks of local gods and goddesses and enjoy the club vibe as they dance to the resident Bacchus Band and singers.
Midnight Wayfinder: With dreamy guitar music and storytelling under the stars or around the Conservatory Pool, guests learn how sailors have long relied on the sea, wind and stars to bring them safely to shore.
Inferno: An unforgettable nod to the glamour of Manhattan‘s Studio 54, Soul Train, and Europe’s 1970s discos, where guests can enjoy cocktails from the era and boogie the night away.
Unique, curated, immersive and captivating, Explora Journeys experiences provide extravagant, unforgettable pleasure.
An Evening by Candlelight: An intimate and cosy part of every EXPLORA I journey, guest musicians and vocalists perform in the main lounges softly lit by candlelight, creating a range of experiences from classical music to movie soundtracks.
Decadence: The themes of this fabulously indulgent experience switch from lounge to lounge, with live music, immersive performances and an air of lavishness that make The Great Gatsby look second-rate.
Le Jazz: Guests enjoying journeys that include France can let go in a Parisian jazz club experience, accompanied by French martinis and canapés.
Let the Good Times Roll: Jiving to New Orleans jazz cabaret is an essential part of the Caribbean itinerary, with a French Creole menu, absinthe cocktails and dazzling musicianship.
A central aspect of sailing with Explora Journeys are the daily, weekly, monthly or annual rituals that mark everything from sunrise to moonrise. These take place at the same time, on the same day, in the same place across the company's growing fleet of ships. Guests find entertainment, serenity, solace and structure in beautiful practices that set a grounding framework for each journey.
Ocean State of Mind: Simple daily guided meditations against a backdrop of sky and ocean herald each morning, weaving local cultural practices into soothing stories relating to the day's destination.
Sundial Salutation: This twice-daily, movement-based wellness ritual invigorates guests as they begin each day, then calms them as sunset slides into nightfall.
Midday Melodies: Every day, marking the moment when the morning segues into the afternoon as another day onboard unfolds on EXPLORA I, the Atrium comes alive with acoustic music.
Sunset Aperitivo: Signature drinks and canapés associated with the various ports of call are served in the bars and lounges, each with its own unique sonic vibe.
Moonrise: Every 28 days, guests clad in shades of silver and ivory gather at a magical soirée to honour the full moon, sipping signature cocktails and dancing under a starlit sky to live music.
Cultural, destination-themed deep dives in the form of talks, courses and informal conversations bring guests together for stimulating learning opportunities led by invited experts in their respective fields.
The Book Club: Occasional journeys feature a particular book relating to the region in which the ship is sailing, culminating in a reading with the author.
Single Origin: Led by a world-class barista, guests get familiar with local coffee cultures through tastings relevant to the countries they visit.
Artisanal: Courses on destination-themed crafts representative of local heritage, from textiles and tapestries to baskets and chocolate making, are taught by a local expert.
Dance the Day Away: On occasional journeys guests might enjoy an incredible afternoon of learning some of the region's movement culture, accompanied by local dance music, against an LED backdrop that conjures a sense of the geographical context. Sessions are led by local experts, resident artistes and the International Host.
The Creative's Journey: Behind-the-scenes stories, writers, and iconic moments in stage and cinema are discovered through exciting talks by resident and guest artistes, together with other prolific talents. Among them are accomplished writers, directors, producers, actors, musicians, choreographers, costumiers, and set and lighting designers.
Finally, Club Soda supports and entertains guests who enjoy an alcohol-free lifestyle. Prism events are organised to celebrate the diversity of Explora Journeys' guests. And the Solivagant Society brings together solo travellers in a variety of activities, events and experiences throughout their journey.
OUR PERFECT HOSTS WILL WELCOME OUR GUESTS TO A REFIND AND GENEROUS ALL-INCLUSIVE JOURNEY
ALL JOURNEYS INCLUDE
An in-suite welcome bottle of champagne and a bottle of spirit of the guests' choice upon arrival
Authentic, cultured and intuitive service from our team of hospitality experts
Nine diverse culinary experiences to discover, as well as in-suite dining
Unlimited beverages, fine wines and premium spirits, speciality coffees, teas and soft drinks available anytime, including in-suite mini-bar
Access to the spa thermal area
Wellbeing and fitness programmes on-board and at destinations
All on-board gratuities
Unlimited, high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the ship
Shuttle services from port to city centre (where required/available)
Additional inclusions and services apply to our Penthouse and Residence categories
Additional inclusions and services apply to our Ocean Penthouses and Ocean Residences categories
Effortless all-day dining restaurant
Sophisticated concept restaurant showcasing up-and-coming chefs from around the globe
Pan Asian restaurant
Mediterranean style restaurant
International style restaurant
Chef's kitchen with private dining and culinary school
REIMAGINING ENTERTAINMENT WITH THE RIGHT VIBE FOR THE RIGHT TIME
An effortless, cosmopolitan atmosphere in which to discover, enjoy and appreciate diverse talents from around the world.
The perfect blend of vibrancy and privacy across more than 10 indoor and outdoor bars and lounges.
LOUNGING AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCES
Whisky bar & cigar room
Chef's kitchen and private dining room
Poolside aft lounge
Several poolside and outdoor bars and lounges
Curated shopping experiences
Generous outdoor decks - offering more than 2,500 sqm (26,909 sq ft) of spectacular sea views -
combined with numerous indoor and outdoor whirlpools on the ship's promenade deck for an
experience inspired by seas and oceans.
Three heated outdoor pools, including one adults-only
64 Private cabanas
One heated indoor pool with retractable glass roof, largest and only in category at 1,200 sqm (12,917 sq ft)
One indoor thalasso pool
Five indoor and outdoor whirlpools
Several poolside and outdoor bars and lounges